The KDE Project on Wednesday launched the latest version of its desktop software for GNU/Linux and other variants of the Unix operating system. KDE 2.2 features several improvements, such as greater stability, faster boot time and faster application launching, the group said.
KDE is a collaboration by hundreds of independent software developers working to create a graphical user interface for Linux and other Unix offshoots to compare with the usability of commercial operating systems. KDE, like Linux, is based on an open-source development model, meaning that source code for the software is freely available for alteration, and any improvements that are made must themselves be redistributed to other developers.
KDE said it will follow up the release later this month with KOffice 1.1, a collection of office applications. KDE 2.2 is available from KDE's Web site.
Staff writer Matthew Broersma reported from London.